What happens when you get a bunch of pampered Hollywood husbands in a room, marinate them in their own inflated egos and beer and let them vent about their pet peeves? Well, someone else will have to do that show. In the meantime, though, comedian Kevin Hart is bringing the “realest fakest reality show” in history to BET tonight with the debut of his hilarious “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
The show, which stars Hart, Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”‘s J.B. Smoove and actors Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin chronicles the totally made-up drama between a group of friends whose wives include Hart’s ex, Torrei, Mariah Carey, actress Paula Patton, singer Shahidah Omar, “Soul Food” star Nicole Ari Parker and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Unlike those other shows, though, the wives don’t get dragged into their mens’ messes on “Husbands,” because, honestly, they make enough mess on their own.
“It’s good, it’s original, it’s something different and it’s fresh for BET,” Hart told MTV News of the mockumentary-style show, which debuts on Tuesday night (January 15). “I can’t even say that it’s a comparison because it’s so different. Our job is to make fun of the ‘Basketball Wives of L.A.,’ ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County.’ You’re seeing a bunch of fake drama. It’s all drama between a bunch of men who act like women.”
A sneak peek clip proves that things get pretty chippy, as Hart is seen tagging Thicke about how his 15 minutes of fame is over during a card game while Smoove loses it over someone putting hot sauce in the fridge. “It’s called hot sauce, not cold sauce!” he yells at the host.
And, like many reality shows, Hart promised that “Real Husbands” will introduce its own colloquialisms into the culture. What is the “Husbands” equivalent of a “grenade” or a “gorilla?”
“We’re being catty and mitchy,” he said. “Mitchy is a man word for bitch, by the way.”
The Los Angeles Times called the show the “black ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’” noting that the stars all play themselves as “unremarkable, petty, confused, obsessive, argumentative and rarely bothered with actual work.”